A while back receiving teaching from Lama Thubten Phuntsog on Pacific Street, I remember well, at one point Lama looked at all of us, about 8 people, Then Lama said: “And if you can not stay in retreat, practicing meditation in solitude, then your last chance to practice is to be like Jetsun Milarepa, to stay in meditation always, during all of your activities.”
A while back i ended up working in a kitchen as a cook, due to financial considerations and obvious lack of interest in any career, having taken Lama’s advice to my heart, I am just too happy, actually. And all the people call me “Buddha” at work. And I was lucky enough to coin a joke: “Where else can you find a still working Buddha, these days?!”.
After I was asked if I mind to be called “Buddha”, I told them that it is ok, because I do remind them of something like that, and I myself am without any ambition. Oh, in the picture above i am sticking my belly out as far as i can to look like a “fat chef”, so i guess there is that! hehe
With heartfelt prayer that all followers of Guru Rinpoche, the Padmasambhava be able to practice like that: Non Meditation and Non Distraction. Actualizing the Union of Clarity and Emptiness, effortlessly,
Quote from Glimpse After Glimpse:
Rest in natural great peace
This exhausted mind
Beaten helpless by karma and neurotic thought,
Like the relentless fury of the pounding waves
In the infinite ocean of samsara.
Rest in natural great peace.
-NYOSHUL KHEN RINPOCHE
After i posted a note on the board requestiong donation of a ride back to NYC, group of Russian people told me they be happy, here we are just before our departure. Thank you.
One hand up in the air, one hand holding paper tea-bag tag, gaze fixed within, this tatar lama does not seem to care what the conversation is all about, but i do!
Here is one of horoscopes I read online recently, writing like this thrown out there to be read by whoever comes to see it, the idea of it, it inspires me.
“Expand your known boundaries. Your heart, mind and spirit are so much bigger than you’ve given them credit for. Move beyond what you usually know and usually do. Your home base will be there when you return.”
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
This song can be easily found on the web in MP3 format, here are the lyrics. As I continuously try to improve my command of English I try to pay attention to the radio whenever I hear it, lyrics for this song caught my attention, for it is obvious that this guy is singing about samsara in quite gifted way. This song became #1 on many charts in London, even before it was released, well what do I know! People however are telling me things, all it takes is asking:
I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my mind
There was something so pleasant about that phase.
Even your emotions had an echo
In so much space
And when you’re out there
Yeah, I was out of touch
But it wasn’t because I didn’t know enough
I just knew too much
Does that make me crazey
Does that make me crazey
Does that make me crazey
And I hope that you are having the time of your life
But think twice, that’s my only advice
Come on now, who do you, who do you, who do you, who do you think you are,
Ha ha ha bless your soul
You really think you’re in control
Well, I think you’re crazey
I think you’re crazey
I think you’re crazey
Just like me
My heroes had the heart to lose their lives out on a limb
And all I remember is thinking, I want to be like them
Ever since I was little, ever since I was little it looked like fun
And it’s no coincidence I’ve come
And I can die when I’m done
Maybe I’m crazey
Maybe you’re crazey
Maybe we’re crazey
From time to time i go to one or the other website and read horoscopes, can take me from 2-3 all the way to 10 minutes! I especially like to read ones for the days in the past and compare them to what happend. At times i read horoscopes of other signs then my own and over time i came to treat them all as a fortune cookie. Attempting to learn something, always, after all they are all written for us and in a way “thrown out there” for whoever can make use of them. Here is one i liked recently.
Daily Overview for June 16, 2006
Provided by Astrology.com
Everything you need to get to the next level is inside you — reach in and get it!
Are you open-minded enough to accept the truth, or are you stubbornly insisting on your way in the face of all the facts?
Make things easier on yourself and go for the first option. Let old expectations go.
Here i was able to almost achieve goal of disappearing, in a blury kind of way hehe
Link to the Amazon.com review. Here is a scan of the cover of the book from my library. I remember finding it in the 2nd hand bookstore in which I worked. I had mixed feelings, because I was not really familiar with it’s author yet and looking at that cover I saw an excellent picture of Zangdok Pelry in same time table of contents provided for very broad range (really broad) of subjects covered, arguably too broad for a book to cover and not become one of most famous books on Nyingma practice published in 1995. I was never disappointed reading it when I brought it home. It is a very good book, by a very good author that I have developed trust towards. It is just very curious to think abut this kinds of things and clearly see (hopefully) how it had nothing to do with the book or the author, but rather with my own obscurations, due to which I had slight confusion arise, even as I was looking at representation of Pure Land of Guru Rinpoche (which was the reason I bought the book anyway, I said to myself: “I got to have book with such a cover no mater what I feel at the moment”)
There exists a very great commentary on heart practice of all Nyingmapas, the Vajra Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, the Padmasambhava. It is written by most important scholar of recent times Lama Mipham Namgyal Rinpoche (1846-1912). Title of the commentary is Pema Karpo (White Lotus) Tulku Thondup Rinpoche summarizes this work in 11th chapter of the book.
I was not able to register shorter names that came to mind like “omahhum” with yahoo, they are all taken already, however I was happy to register gurupemasiddhihum, which is no other then concise supplication for blessings to the Guru.
Here are quotations:
“Master (GURU) Padmasambhava (PEMA), please bestow (HUM) attainments (SIDDHI) [upon us].”
“GURU means master or spiritual guide, one who is prosperous with excellent qualities; to whom no one is superior…
PADMA is the first part of Guru Rinpoche’s name.
SIDDHI is what we want to accomplish – the common and uncommon attainments.
HUM means the supplication to bestow the siddhis (attainments).
So, O Guru Padma, bestow the siddhi.”
Thus, URL of this personal page in which I plan to collect things and sometimes, as time allows post pictures is:
http://360.yahoo.com/gurupemasiddhihum – old URL for this blog, https://gurupemasiddhihum.wordpress.com – new URL for this blog.
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